Nine council members are elected from single-member districts and serve four-year terms. These nine members form the Birmingham City Council which is the legislative branch of Birmingham city government as defined by the Mayor-Council Act of the State of Alabama. Matters of policy, including the adoption of the budget and appointments to public boards and agencies, must be approved by a majority vote of the council during its regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday morning (excluding holidays) at Birmingham City Hall, 710 North 20th St. on the 3rd floor in council chambers. The Council President is Councilor Wardine T. Alexander. The President Pro Tempore is Councilor Crystal Smitherman.
The City Council divides its legislative work by eleven committees: Administration/Education; Budget and Finance; Economic Development; Governmental Affairs and Public Information; Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts; Planning and Zoning; Public Improvements and Beautification; Public Safety; Transportation; Utilities/Technology; and Committee of the Whole.
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